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June 14th, 2008
We took a sold out 06:25 VIA #652 from Aldershot to Dorval for a family function on the West Island.
(map) This is the region between the (abandonned) Burlington West train station and Bayview Junction.
VIA #652/#640 J-train with 6411 tacked onto the end for the reverse move backs into Aldershot station at first light.
Burlington West, Ontario
(map) This is between Burlington and Aldershot on the CN Oakville sub, where the CN Halton sub merges in.
(map) Oakville has a large Ford plant and is the site of the Oakville sub.
(map) The capital of Ontario, this city has a number of very busy lines and yards on both the CP and CN networks.
Pickering is the site of Liverpool Junction, where the CN York sub merges in with the CN Kingston sub.
(map) CN and CP are roughly parallel through Belleville. The CN Kingston sub and the CP Belleville sub head through the city, crossing just East of the city where the Belleville sub swings North to Smiths Falls.
(map) Coteau is the junction of the CN Valleyfield sub which connects the CN Kingston sub to the CSX Montreal sub, the CN Kingston sub, and the CN Alexandria sub to Ottawa. It is just a few minutes East of the Ontario/Quebec border, just off exit 12 of highway 20.
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue is the western end of Montreal's West Island.
Home of Taschereau yard, and popular railfan location Dorval Via station. CN and CP are parallel and busy and Dorval airport is visible in the background.
CN #369 passes through Dorval station moments after we detrain #652.